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News Release

City Council Appoints New City Manager

For immediate release: December 20, 2017

City Manager

Tom DeSantis has been appointed as Moreno Valley’s City Manager. DeSantis, 55, joined Team MoVal in 2011, serving as Human Resources Director and Administrative Services Director before being appointed as Assistant City Manager in 2013.   

“It is with great pride that we appoint Tom DeSantis as our City Manager,” said Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez. “Tom has provided exemplary service to the City of Moreno Valley for the last six years. He is a dedicated member of our team and brings a wealth of experience to the position,” remarked Mayor Gutierrez.

DeSantis’ 27-year local government career began at the County of Riverside, where he served as a Public Information Officer and Deputy County Executive Officer over a ten-year period. He then joined the County of San Bernardino as a Deputy Administrative Officer focusing on criminal justice and health programs, before serving as Chief of Staff to the 4th District County Supervisor. Prior to joining Moreno Valley, he served as an Assistant City Manager for the City of Riverside.

“It’s an honor to have been selected to serve the City Council, Moreno Valley residents and my colleagues throughout the City organization,” said DeSantis. “I’m eager to continue working with Team MoVal to reach new heights in delivering first-rate service to our community.”

He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for The Salvation Army’s Moreno Valley Corps. His previous community activities have included service as a President and member of the Hemet Unified School District’s Governing Board. Prior to entering local government, he served on active duty in the U.S. and overseas as a Captain in the United States Air Force. He earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude from The American University in Washington D.C.


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Tim Carroll
Media and Communications Manager